I know, the pun, it kills. But regardless of my exceptionally facile sense of humor, the dirt is: four German and Japanese automotive companies are going to open assembly lines in Russia within the next two years. Ford is already established near St. Petersburg, and, as we already told you, GM is set to produce Hummers with its partner Avtovaz, which manufactures the Chevy Niva SUV. Russia's ecomomic trade minister German Gref said that "at least two…will come to Russia this year," although he did not name names.  And speaking of names, a Russian dude named German?

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